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I’ll admit, this is more of a symbolic one, sort of like J!
That’s Wipeout on the bottom left. He was a rookie member of the group, H.A.R.D. Corps, which stood for Harbinger Active Resistance Division. It was a very high concept book, where a group of comatose people were given the chance to live again if the Omen Foundation were allowed to put technology into their brains that would allow them to access various Harbinger powers, Ultra Boy style (one at a time). They were then sent to fight against Toyo Harada and his Harbinger Foundation.
The first issue was notable for Jim Lee supplying a cover (anyone know who called in the favor to get Lee to do a cover?).
The book was written by the classic Iron Man writing team of Michelinie and Layton, with Mike Leeke on the art.
The comic was a basic war/adventure series. It was an entertaining comic – lots of action.
But each of the various members had their own little personality quirks. Wipeout was a surfer who did not like to use violence, instead using his kickboxing skills.
Other notable members included Hammerhead (Virgil) a tough bald dude, Shakespeare (Aaron) a less tough bald dude, Hotshot (Christine) who was female (and yes, that was a subtle commentary on her characterization), and Superstar (Rick) who was a thrill junkie.
Eventually, Mike Baron took over, and like all Valiant Comics, the end sorta went to pot, with the newer members hunting down the older members.
Luckily, Wipeout was cool enough not to do anything really wrong. I believe he basically sat out the last confrontations between the new and the old guard.
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